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Webster is Principal and Founder at at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor for the BYU Computer Science Department. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at 303.502.4141 or at bwebster@bfwa.com.

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Thumps and reboots redux

February 23, 2011 0 Comments
Thumps and reboots redux

As I mentioned in my previous two posts (here and here), I ran into a bunch of networking problems during  a recent extended business trip to a client site. One of the problems I mentioned was that I had brought along a Gateway desktop box so as to be able to use files and applications […]

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More thumps and reboots

February 22, 2011 1 Comment
More thumps and reboots

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I was recently on a business trip where my HP laptop was largely unusable with the hotel’s internet system. Whether I was using wired or wireless connections, I was getting multiple blue screens of death (BSODs). So I dug out my Sprint U301 mobile broadband device (a 3G/4G USB […]

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With apologies to HP and Microsoft

February 21, 2011 3 Comments
With apologies to HP and Microsoft

Well, first, apologies to all you who have been waiting for me to resume posting here. Your wait is over; I will be a bit more frequent in the future. Second, I have chronicled here my problems with two HP systems — a desktop and a laptop — that I each purchased new, with Windows […]

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HP and Windows 7: a bad mix?

July 21, 2010 1 Comment
HP and Windows 7: a bad mix?

[UPDATE:  Read this post, which seems to be having trouble actually appearing here on the blog.] Since last November, I have bought three new, out-of-the-box systems preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit  (and upgraded to Windows 7 Professional 64-bit at the end of May): an HP Pavilion e9237c desktop (quad-core 64-bit  processor, 8 GB […]

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Fascinating look inside Microsoft

July 9, 2010 0 Comments
Fascinating look inside Microsoft

The KIN debacle (product canceled after five weeks; reports of actual phones sold range from 8,000 all the way down to 500), followed by Microsoft’s announcement of layoffs, has triggered on-line discussion among Microsoft employees, past and present. Even recognizing the self-selecting and inevitably self-serving nature of those comments, they still reflect serious, serious problems […]

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